Summer Discovery (Ages 7 to 11)

Summer Discovery Camp Camper as an astronaut

Great instructors, great programs and a great playground!  Welcome to Summer Discovery 2018, the Peterborough Museum & Archives' 30th season of rich, diverse, fun and educational summer camps for children ages 7 to 11.

Discovery Camp Themes 2018

July 9- 13:  Animal Planet

From the arctic to the tundra to the jungle this week is all about Animal Discovery! Through games, art and investigation we will travel the world to discover different animals and their amazing adaptations. Activities will include discovering our Natural Animal Collection to look at animal bones, fossils, tracks and more! In addition, we will visit our newest exhibit "Trail of the Monarch" to discover the incredible brave journey of this tiny insect. Unleash your wild side in this jam packed week! 

July 16- 20: STEAM Challenge Club 

STEAM stands for: Science,Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math and is the perfect mix of inquiry and fun! Through-out the week campers will be presented with a variety of questions and tasks that will challenge them to think outside the box as they build, create, design and explore. Are you up for the challenge?

July 23-27: The Magic of Science 

Bubbling potions, mini explosions and more will awe and amaze. It's not magic, it's science! You'll investigate states of matter, chemical reactions, forces in the environment... and that's just the start. Grab your lab coat for a week of spectacular science! 

July 30-August 3: Artful Antics

From drama to dance to music and visual arts, this camp has it all! Campers will explore different types of art throughout the week with the goal of creating a showcase for family and friends. Grab your paintbrush, dancing shoes, and imaginations for a week of artful antics! 

August 7-10:  "Think Outside - Let's Get Out and Play" with Nancy Thomson

Fun in the forest is the focus of the week! Who are the creatures that live in our backyard and share the world with us? What is it like to be them? Campers will investigate these questions as they make connections to the natural world through forest games, nature crafts, survival skills and more! Come explore the outdoors in this action packed program.

August 7-10: "Wildcard Week"

We are excited to introduce a series of 1 day camps for this special week! Registration will be available by the day, with each day showcasing a new theme. Cost is $40 daily. 

Tues, Aug. 7th: Anatomy 101: Are you curious about the human body? Through experiments, art and more we will learn about bones, organs and your unique genetic traits in this one day camp. 

Wed, Aug. 8th: Jolly Jousting: En garde! A world of castles, crowns and dragons await you in this day filled of medieval fun! 

Thurs, Aug. 9th: Leggo my LEGO: Calling all LEGO enthusiasts!  Get ready to become an architect, engineer and more as you unleash your creativity with our collection of LEGO. 

Fri, Aug. 10th: Tinker Lab:  Meet us in the Tinker lab, as we think green and turn trash into treasure. By reducing, reusing and recycling, we will turn recycibles into something new and beautiful! 

August 13-17: "P.O.P. Drama Production" with Ray Henderson 

The P.O.P. Drama project proudly presents YOU as writer, director and performer in your very own dramatic work. Under the expert direction of Peterborough’s Ray Henderson you’ll have fun creating a script, developing characters, designing costumes, building sets, conducting rehearsals - everything required to stage a real production. At the end of the week, invitations go out to family and friends and its Show Time!

Our Instructors (2018)children playing with lego

Kaitlyn Burke is instructing our first 5 weeks of Summer Discovery Camps from July 9th-Aug.10th! She is completing her teacher's qualification at Trent University, and is passionate about inquiry learning. She believes in creating a deep & meaningful learning experiences by giving children the opportunity to explore, discover, experiment and have fun with each learning task. Kaitlyn has worked and volunteered for a variety of camps and youth-minding services in the past, and is excited to be returning to the PMA Summer Discovery Team for 2018!

Ray Henderson is a professional actor and director. He is wonderfully skilled at guiding young people through all stages of theatrical performance and the Peterborough Museum & Archives is privileged to have him return for Summer Discovery this year!   Kids sitting by a campfire

Nancy Thomson is a qualified teacher and the founder and owner of her outdoor education company, THINK OUTSIDE. She has worked in the outdoor education and camping industry for over 20 years and brings a sense of fun and genuine connection with children of all ages to her creative outdoor programming. The Peterborough Museum & Archives is delighted to welcome Nancy back for her fourth year of Summer Discovery! 


7 to 11 

Looking for a day camp for ages 4 to 6? Try Junior Summer Discovery


$200/ week, $160 (4-day camp), $40 daily for Wildcard Week


NEW extended drop off & pick up times. Our camp programs run from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM daily. Drop off is between 8:30-9:00 AM, and pick up is from 4:00-4:30 PM.


Registration for the 2018 session of Summer Discovery will open on Monday, March 19th. 

  1. In person at the Peterborough Museum & Archives 
  2. By telephone (VISA, Mastercard, American Express): 705-743-5180.
  3. Online (Look under "Museum Programs")

All programs take place at the Peterborough Museum & Archives and make use of the Museum Galleries and Classroom and the child-friendly Museum Grounds (which now include a fabulous new accessible playground structure).

What to BringCamp Discovery Picture

Snacks, drinks, lunch, weather-appropriate outdoor clothing. The PMA promotes a nut-free environment.

Personal Health Forms

This form will be kept on file and only needs to be completed once each year.  The form can be picked up at the Peterborough Museum & Archives or downloaded and should be submitted to the Museum by the first day of camp.

Health Concerns

Please notify the instructor about any health or behavioural concerns you may have regarding your child's participation in Summer Discovery.  The Museum has a protocol for Anaphylactic shock and a parental clearance form is required if your child has suffered a suspected concussion.


In the course of all program activities, photos may be taken and audio and/or visual recordings may be made.  The Peterborough Museum & Archives reserves the right to use all photographs and videos of all our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.


Refunds may be requested up to 5 business days prior to the program.  An administration fee of 10% of class fees will be withheld, with a minimum fee of $5.  No refunds will be granted once the program has begun.